The drink after work, a beer at a soccer match or a glass of wine in the evening is for many people a part of their life. Regular consumption of alcohol is a widespread phenomenon. It is not surprising that alcohol has become the most popular drug. With regard to CBD, the question now arises to what extent the intake of CBD products can have positive effects on alcohol consumption. Is it actually beneficial to physical health if both are consumed together? Can CBD also help with alcoholism?

Is there a toxic connection between CBD and alcohol?
First of all, the fundamental question of the compatibility of CBD and alcohol shall be clarified. As already mentioned above, alcohol as such can be understood as a legal drug, which can often be highly addictive. This dependency then often leads to extremely harmful alcoholism. Although CBD is a substance that can be legally acquired just like alcohol, it does not make you addicted in any way.

But can CBD and alcohol be consumed together? It is not uncommon for dangerous interactions to occur, for example when alcohol and medication are taken at the same time. Cannabis, which, unlike CBD products, contains the intoxicating active ingredient THC, can have a stronger effect in combination with alcohol. However, as a dietary supplement, CBD should not be confused with a drug like cannabis, as it does not contain THC. Due to the non-existent psychotic effect of CBD products, no unpleasant side effects or interactions are known when they are combined with alcohol. Therefore, there is no reason not to take alcohol and CBD.

How can CBD reduce alcohol consumption?
Even before the worldwide corona pandemic, many people drank considerably over their limit. Since the outbreak of the corona virus, the consumption of alcohol has once again increased significantly in many European countries. The question arises to what extent the regular intake of CBD can possibly counteract this phenomenon.

Can I manage to drink less alcohol by taking CBD?
A team of Australian researchers has summarized the results of several human and animal studies on CBD and addiction in general. They concluded that the non-intoxicating cannabis active ingredient CBD can reduce the craving for addictive substances like alcohol. For example, it can reduce the risk of relapse in chronic alcohol, tobacco and opioid abuse and prevent an addictive disease such as alcoholism.
In addition, according to another study, taking CBD can make people, who are already prone to problematic high alcohol consumption, less susceptible to stress stimuli and other triggers for alcohol consumption. This in turn has a positive effect on the amount of alcohol consumed. CBD can therefore have positive effects on existing consumption patterns and addictive behavior. It can help to reduce existing consumption, reduce and prevent stress-related triggers of consumption and therefore reduce the overall motivation to drink alcohol.

Overall, the use of CBD for the reasons mentioned above may well be considered if one generally wants to drink less alcohol, already has the feeling of drinking too much than is healthy or is actually suffering from alcoholism. It is a possibility to reduce the consumption in a natural way and can therefore pave the way to abstinence. With each glass less the body feels better and CBD can be a very useful tool in this process.